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Hard drive non-bootable after virus removal

Posted on 2011-10-20
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Last Modified: 2013-11-22
Ok I should have saved the data before I deleted the virus but I haven't had malware make the computer non-bootable in a long time.  

The comp is a lenovo running windows vista.  It had AVG on it for anti-virus.  The malware corrupted some of the avg files and I could not boot into safe mode.  The malware made booting into normal mode next to impossible.  I deleted the malware directories but it was still only usable (slowly) for a minute on boot.   No problem I booted with a new Dr. Web cd and had it scan the disk.  Dr. Web found a few trojans and rootkits.  I deleted them and then did not have a disk drive what was recognized by the comp as bootable.  I then took out the hard drive to grab the data but it was not readable when accessed with an USB hard drive reader.  I used Recuva to find lost and deleted files but much of the data is gone.

What are my options for making the comp bootable again?  I am guessing one of those files which were deleted were located in the boot sector.

Any ideas appreciated.
Question by:Sean Meyer

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At this point in the interest of time, I would say a full format and re-install of OS is really your best option.

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by:Sean Meyer
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It has a recovery partition which has a one button re-install.  I will be doing that eventually but I want a better shot at the data as a whole. No backups that I know of...
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There's very little chance, if any, provided the hard disk cannot be read connected to another PC. To have any chance, you'll need a Vista DVD or a Vista recovery CD. If you don't have access to either of those, I don't see where there's any chance at all.

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Rob Miners earned 2000 total points
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See if this is of any help.


Looks like you have to pay for it nowdays it used to be free.


How to use the Bootrec.exe tool in the Windows Recovery Environment to troubleshoot and repair startup issues in Windows Vista

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look if getdataback does not recover more : http://www.runtime.org/

personally - AFTER you recovered the data i would make sure the partition is erased before reinstalling (the install disk let you do that)

look if your friends do not have a vista OS,  - in many cases, you can make a recovery cd from it

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by:Sean Meyer
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I used the bootrec from the vista disk.  It repaired the disk and even though it was still not bootable I was able to attach it externally to another comp and read / save the data.  

Then promptly wiped it....

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